How can I paint with wax?
Kyle Evans found at http://www.evansfineart.com on Aug. 16, 2012
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- Recall prior knowledge
- Introduction to Jasper Johns
- Introduction to encaustic painting
- Module Assessment
1. Recall Prior Knowledge
- When was the first use of encaustic wax? What was its purpose?
- What are some drawbacks to using wax as an art medium?
- What are some benefits of using wax as an art medium?
- What colors are mixed to create brown?
- How have you used physical texture in prior artwork?
2. Introduction to Jasper Johns
Click on the following links and learn about Jasper Johns. Complete the module assessment either while you are learning or after you have finished.
- Google image search for "Jasper Johns": https://www.google.com/search?q=jasper+johns&hl=en&prmd=imvnso&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=ExNCUInNHYji8gSPhoHoDQ&ved=0CD8QsAQ
3. Introduction to Encaustic Painting
The 2012 Art IV H/AP students already have experience with encaustic collages so this introduction to encaustic painting is going to be brief, using only videos.
4. Module Assessment
Click on the following link to complete the assessment related to Jasper Johns and encaustic painting. You may complete this assessment while reading the material. http://lornebrandt.polldaddy.com/s/jasper-johns-encaustic
- Decide which type of support you want:
A) Bristol board- allows artist to lay it down in the hot pan and continually paint with melted wax; however, it does not hold textured paint well and may crack wax if bent. More ideal for abstracted designs with smooth physical surface.
B) Panel- Allows for textured paint and will not crack; however, it does not allow for laying in hot pan for continual painting. More ideal for hard lines and physical texture. Surface needs to be primed.
- Consider gluing down a piece of newspaper or class notes for the underlying layer.
- Draw your composition on your support keeping in mind effective composition strategies, such as framing, z-composition, rule of thirds, and abstraction.
- Add Behr textured paint or other physical texture to select areas or the entire piece.
- Choose a color palette of 4 or less colors, no black. http://colorschemedesigner.com/
- Coat the entire piece in clear wax.
- Draw/paint with the encaustic paint using selected heating devices.
Note: vary how opaque the paint is to allow some of your drawing to show through.
- Consider adding detail with black ink or paint as last layer.
- 9" x 12" or larger area
- no black wax
- Demonstrate a sensitivity to shading subject matter.
- Realistic or abstracted subject matter-- not non-objective.
- 4 or less colors
- Nan Rosenthal describes Jasper John's "White Flag":